Holiday cottages in the Isle of Man

Close Taggart - Thie Lough

Ballaugh, Isle of Man
Ref: 561755
Providing the perfect setting for a special break for two, Thie Lough is one of two identical cottages located well off the beaten track.
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Description

We know you will be delighted when you arrive at Close Taggart. These two gold award holiday cottages, Thie Rhennie ("House of Ferns") and Thie Lough ("House of the Lake") can be found well off the beaten track, deep in the countryside, about two miles from the nearest small supermarket, bus routes and village, and six from the nearest town (Ramsey).

Thie Lough has one bedroom and provides the perfect setting for a special break for two.

The owners live on site and will be on hand to greet you and provide any assistance you require, you will have total freedom to enjoy the extensive grounds of Close Taggart which includes a tree house and viewing platform high up in the trees, where you can sit and enjoy a complementary glass of wine. In addition, a further viewing platform provides fabulous views of the setting sun to the west. There is also a summerhouse for guests to use.

The holiday cottages are a great base for nature lovers. The Curraghs where the cottages are located, is an area of wetland and a rich haven of biodiversity with rare flora and fauna. Wild wallabies, normally found in warmer climes, are also thriving here. The animals, native to Australia and Tasmania, have been flourishing ever since a pair escaped in the 1970s from the Curraghs wildlife park, a short distance from the cottages. Researchers believe now there are more than a 100 living in the wild. It is possible to see wallabies living in the wild on one of the short walks from the cottages.

We are very willing to assist with mobility issues, but unfortunately we are unable to accommodate full time wheel chair users due to the layout of the cottage. You can park close to the entrance, with a gravel/grassed area and cobblestones leading to two small entrance steps. Inside the cottage the kitchen and lounge are on the ground floor with normal width stairs leading to the bedroom and bathroom on the first floor.

Kitchen/Dining area: Electric oven, gas hob, fridge, microwave, dining table & chairs

Lounge: Electric fire, comfortable three piece suite, dresser, TV & DVD player

Bedroom 1: Double bed, dressing table, wardrobe, bedside tables

Bathroom: Bath with handheld shower, WC and wash hand basin.

Study: Desk, chairs, music system, sofa.

External Utility Room: With Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer.

Visit Isle of Man rating: 4 Star Gold Award

Parking: Private Covered Parking

Changeover Day: Flexible, arrive 3pm, depart 10am

Pets: No pets accepted

Children: Not suitable

Power & Heating: Included

Wifi: Free Wifi included

Bedding & Linen: Bed linen and towels provided.

Shop: 2.5 ml Pub: 2.5 ml

Features

Free Wifi, Linen Provided , Private Parking , Towels provided, Tumble Dryer, Great for couples, Great for Staycations, Rural views, Self Guided Walks

Map and directions

Reviews

Michael, Kidlington wrote a review on 20th of August 2021

The attention to detail is outstanding

Close Taggart cottages are rightly renowned as a wonderful place to stay on the Isle of Man. John and Shirley, who own the cottages (and live next door) have put considerable effort into ensuring everything is perfect. The cottage has a comfortable bedroom, a separate study (with books and binoculars), a lounge, and kitchen. The kitchen is fully-fitted, with a helpful list of facilities and utensils that meet the Manx standard for self-catering accommodation. The welcome pack included bread, eggs, cheese, butter, jam, chocolates, as well as tea and coffee and Manxie the cat (who gets to leave with you). Car parking is available under cover (and there is a box of soaps and cloths for car washing too). There is also an excellent utility room with washing machine and drier, and also plenty of local information (including a large wall-mounted map of the Island). If that was not enough, guests at both cottages have full access to the extensive gardens where, again, effort has been invested in surprises and delights for guests (from a croquet lawn through to a lovely platform with a view on which wine or tea can be drunk as the sun sets, and an actual tree house with complementary drinks). More flora and fauna, including wallabies (we did see a large, hefty one hop off into the woodland), may be spotted in the nearby Close Sartfield nature reserve. The beaches, which are extensive, wild, and where swimming is generally safe (if the weather permits), are a few minutes drive away. Close Taggart cottages provide an exemplar of self-catering accommodation that any other provider would find hard to meet, let alone beat. We hope to return. Buy provisions from: Andreas Stores (Dairy Shed yoghurt, Andreas Meat Company); Magher Grianagh Farm Shop; Sandygate Farm shop. On a rainy day go to: Isle of Man Motor Museum, Jurby. Best beaches nearby: any of the Lhen beaches. Eat out at : The Grosvenor, Andreas; Bride Tea Rooms, Bride.

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Kevan, Ballasalla wrote a review on 17th of August 2021

Outback in Andreas.

This is the second time this year we have been up to Thie Taggart and even those the weather was not the best we enjoyed our stay immensley. Shirley and John are brilliant hosts and provide little treats around the cottage that always surprise and delight us. Fruit in the living room and mints and wine in the arms of the Big bear and the small Loagthan lamb. We broused the walks that John and Shirley have researched over the years and written about. This was wonderful as we always have had somewhere to head for and go, even on cool wet days. Also we were surprised at how many GOOD eating establishments there in the down the North. All in all Thie Taggart and Shirley and John have been a bit of magic for us in theses days of Covid. who needs France/Spain/Italy when we have Isle Of Man. ( Ok Ok maybe I would like a bit of a wander around mainland Spain)

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Elizabeth, Darlington wrote a review on 2nd of August 2021

Very nice place to stay

Excellent accommodation, in lovely grounds. Very thoughtful owners who try hard to make guests feel welcome. Well deserved Gold Award.

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Bernadette, Arlesey wrote a review on 12th of July 2021

Idyllic rural retreat.

Well off the beaten track ,so we ate in in the evenings.wonderful grounds to stroll around and relax in. The only problem was “ flakey WiFi” We would go again if we have the chance.

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Paul, Douglas wrote a review on 13th of June 2021

Fabulous property in stunning grounds

A warm welcome from John and Shirley at this lovely clean and well equipped cottage in a beautiful quiet location set in stunning grounds with a tree house, viewing platforms and several gardens with seating areas and summer houses in which to relax. A short walk to the Curragh's and within easy reach of Ballaugh, Ramsey & Peel.

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Kevan, Ballasalla wrote a review on 1st of June 2021

Who needs needs long haul when we have the Claddaghs and the our fantastic Island around us.

Thie Taggart and its location are superb. One day we spent exploring the wonderful wetlands and all the flora and fauna ( yes even wild Wallabies) next day up on the Ridge walk from the Black Hut to North Barrule. Had two fantastic, yes truly fantastic, meals at the Ginger Hall and The Good Stuff in Ramsey. Shirley and John Kneale made us very welcome and their accomodation very brilliant with some wonderful little touches in the cottage. All in all 4 days down the north of the Island were great and will live with me/us along side any of our travels.

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Guest, Douglas wrote a review on 28th of May 2021

A wonderful experience

So often holiday cottages disappoint. My experience at Close Taggart exceeded all my expectations. There was a warmth in the welcome in the generosity of all that was provided above and beyond what might be considered the norm. Lots of considerate extra touches like the fridge stocked with the basics - bread, butter, eggs, bottled water.... And a welcoming bottle of wine, box of chocolates and bowl of fresh fruit. John and Shirly were welcoming but in no way intrusive. They left me my space. The surroundings are beautiful. A wonderful rural retreat. Highly recommended.

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Andrew, Lower Foxdale wrote a review on 26th of April 2021

Welcome & Tranquil

Amazing welcome, lots of little thoughtful gestures, beautiful tranquil setting surrounded by stunning gardens & countryside

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Elizabeth, Ramsey wrote a review on 30th of December 2020

A dream fulfilled.

We are IOM residents and have known of Close Taggart Cottages almost since they were opened. We had admired them but being so close to home could only dream of actually staying there for a few nights. BUT Covid elsewhere in the world did restrict and cancel our other plans so taking our thoughts to stay closer to home. As in 8 miles?? A Staycation over Christmas was considered but surely Close Taggart would be closed, if not for Covid then for Christmas? We looked on line and they were open. 30 seconds later and we were booked in On line and good to go. Well we knew the local shops and had already booked the Christmas bird with the local butcher so packing was done and dusted. We duly arrived at the appointed time, no Ferry no planes and were met by our Hostess and Host. and after a warm welcome we were handed the keys or to be more accurate told they were in the door already. Inside was a delight. We are experienced 'self caterers' but this charming cottage immediately had the edge on others we have used. Warm hall to hang outdoor clothing and a huge kitchen to the left. After stairs to the upper floor straight ahead to the lounge. Fully fitted and furnished down to a log effect solid fuel stove that worked by remote control. We are used to going out in all weathers to bring in logs seasoned by Scottish rain so this was bliss. All that was lacking was the crackle and smoke. Up stairs were the large fully plumbed bathroom and WC including a full size real bath not just a shower in the corner. Centrally heated too. The bedroom was large with wardrobes, his and hers, and full dressing table etc., The bed had full warm blankets and duvet with a small Tester canopy overhead..Windows were cottage size but in December one must remember that glass can let heat out as well as sun shine in. The piece de resistance came when we opened the other door expecting storage or 2nd bedroom only to find a Study with settee, bookshelves and full size writing desk facing a window over fields. Writing at that desk would have been impossible for me in daylight hours as there was so much happening outside. Buzzards, Gulls, Pheasants etc., plus a field full of Fieldfares and Redwings as well as other native thrushes etc., Wild geese over head. Exactly what one needed should the weather turn too cold to venture out. The kitchen was well equipped with all equipment modern and in good condition. Microwave, Grill and Oven, and Fridge. A full and comprehensive set of crockery and cutlery in the many drawers and cupboards. I could easily live here but the only drawback would be I would never want to leave for a holiday once Covid is finally over. This really was a dream fulfilled. We did not indulge in many of the walks for which John has prepared leaflets and guides but did get to meet the local wallabies for which the Curraghs are famous. The lack of exercise could be put down to the cold snap and high winds experienced with Storm Bella but to be honest a lot of the blame could be placed on the extremely comfortable conditions indoors in 'Lough Cottage' at Close Taggart.

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Geoffrey, Isle Of Man wrote a review on 18th of October 2020

Thouroughly enjoyable.

A beautiful staycation in wonderful surroundings, a very well equipped cottage with everything you could need. Set in stunning gardens with loads of amazing places to sit and relax and enjoy the views and tranquillity. The owners Shirley and John couldn't be more helpful. We enjoyed walks around the curraghs and neighbouring areas with lots of sights of the wallabies and other local wildlife. Although Close Taggart is a very peaceful country location it is only a short drive to Ramsey for shops, amenities takeaways etc., we were so enjoying our stay we extended our stay from 8 days to 12 days and look forward to staying there again.

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Carl Richard, Ballasalla wrote a review on 31st of August 2020

A relaxing break in idyllic location

We have just returned from a fabulous break at Close Taggart Thie Lough cottage. Our cottage was situated in an idyllic location surrounded by 2 acres of beautifully kept gardens with stunning views of the Manx hills and countryside. We particulary enjoyed chilling out on the sunny viewing platform in the mornings overlooking the fields and in the afternoons we followed the sun and we relaxed in the swinging bench next to the greenhouse with spectacular views of the Manx hills. John and Shirley, went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and on our arrival provided some staple essentials in the fridge, plus a bowl of fresh fruit, a bottle of wine and chocolates! We have returned home fully relaxed and refreshed from such an enjoyable break.

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